While it is inappropriate to use any of the files from other photographers that I've reviewed in the week, here is one of my own pictures from Bath earlier this year. With the sun behind and right of the main subject building and clouds reflecting that light back in to the lens to make matters worse, exposing for either the sky or the building will give unsatisfactory overall results. Exposing somewhere in the middle then bringing down highlights and recovering shadows, turned a picture that seems good only for the waste basket into a winner.
But what if you are shooting thousands of pictures, because clearly you can't spend even a minute on every one? The answer, which is so simple to do if you're an Adobe Lightroom user, is to use a 'preset' on import. My picture processing from the RAW capture often follows a similar pattern: I add a bit of contrast, bring down the highlights, lighten shadows, add some clarity and boost vibrance. Accordingly, I've created a preset so that when I download pictures from my camera's memory card to my hard drive (via Lightroom), Lightroom applies this same set of adjustments to every picture taken and does so immediately. While clearly this is not the final post processing solution for all pictures, some will need a lot more work (some less), it is a very good start and is an essential part of my workflow saving a huge amount of time.
The next time you import pictures from your camera, on the import screen, use the 'Apply During Import' menu to select your saved Preset and that's that, every picture you import will have the adjustments already made. The difference is instantly noticeable. And if you don't like the effect it has on a particular picture, the Reset button in the develop module will set everything back to zero.
A day at the Festival of Speed not only provided the opportunity to see some fabulous cars in action, but the opportunity to bump in to legends also. I noticed sitting in a vintage racing Ferrari at the base of the hill climb was John Surtees, now 80 years old but still evidently fast as he proved minutes later. Surtees was celebrating 50 years since winning the World Formula 1 Championship with Ferrari making him the only man to win both the motorbike and car racing world championships. A truly great achievement and a wonderful opportunity for me to capture a a portrait of a legend.